MacBook Air M2: We’re Testing Apple’s New Laptop

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This story is part of WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage of and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Air adds a lot of new features, but also brings back my most favorite: The starting price of the laptop is over $ 1,000. For much of life, the MacBook Air sits at a comfortable $ 999, but on 2018 redesign adds $ 200 price. By 2020, the starting price is back to $ 999, and I feel like I expected it. Guess what? Now 2022, and with another redesign, the MacBook Air starts at a price of $ 1,199… (It’s £ 1,249 in the UK and AU $ 1,899 in Australia.)

I say this simply because a significant leap to the most common laptop would be unattainable for the many students and artists who could benefit. In addition, I like everything about the new version. It should also be noted that the late 2020 M1 MacBook Air remains available, for now, at $ 999.

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Hands-On With The New Apple M2 MacBook Air


After Monday WWDC 2022 intine, I had a chance to get some limited hands time with the new MacBook Air. It didn’t take much time, so I focused mostly on the new physical design and how the system looked and felt.

The MacBook Air M1, one of the first set of Macs to go from Intel to Apple Silicon, isn’t a bad-looking machine, but it’s based on a design that launched in 2018, which is about to last forever in computer terms. The new version moves from the traditional softer and tapered design to the boxier and blockier look of the 14- and 16 -inch MacBook Pro laptops starting in late 2021. This is a more modern and more constructivist design, as it generally resists decorative stylization.

M2 MacBook Air

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But the new MacBook Air goes beyond the copied Pro model in one important thing: It adds new colors to the usual gray and silver (and gold M1 Air)-a new midnight color, which looks like a matte-black finish. . It’s the most striking hands-down display of the new MacBook in a long time, and reminds me of the old matte-black polycarbonate MacBooks of the mid-2000s.

The tread is a hair’s breadth smaller than before, as is its weight, which is 2.7 pounds instead of 2.8 pounds for the M1 MacBook Air. But the new model feels smaller and more portable than when shooting – generally because it’s thinner, 11.3mm. The M1 version tapers down, but measures 16mm on the rear hinges.

The new MacBook Air M2 won’t go on sale until July, so it may be some time before I can give it a more in -depth hands -on test. I’m really excited to see how the webcam works with 1080p resolution, which may be the most important upgrade for many people who are tired of the bad 720p webcam on previous MacBook Air laptops, up to and including the M1 Version.

M2 MacBook Air touchpad

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I’m also very interested in spending more time with the new, slightly larger 13.6-inch screen (as opposed to 13.3-inch), which Apple says is 25% brighter, at 500 nits. It also adds MagSafe, which is back in last year’s new MacBook Pro system, and the touchpad is, according to Apple, slightly larger, but it won’t put numbers or percentages on it.

Interestingly, almost none of these improvements are available on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, also announced at WWDC 2022. It lacks a larger screen, a better camera, MagSafe connectivity and new colors. This, at least on paper, is similar to the late 2020’s 13-inch MacBook Pro, only with new M2 chip replace M1. However, it remains the only way to get your hands (or fingers) on almost Extinct Touch Bar.

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